Next week is shaping up to be a busy one for Pokemon Go players. In addition to Giratina’s return to Raid Battles, Niantic has announced a new Limited Research event, which will give players their first opportunity to catch two new Shiny Pokemon.
The event takes place on Saturday, March 30, and runs from 11 AM to 8 PM local time. During those hours, Pokemon that are affected by weather conditions, such as Castform, will appear more frequently in the wild. You’ll also receive special Field Research tasks from Poke Stops, which will culminate in encounters with Lotad.
On top of that, the Shiny forms of Lotad and Castform will appear during the event, marking the first time either has been available in Pokemon Go. Niantic is also adding the move Weather Ball for Castform permanently to the game. You can read more details about the new Limited Research event on the official Pokemon Go website.
In the meantime, a few more days still remain in Pokemon Go’s ongoing spring equinox celebration. Until March 26, Grass Pokemon will appear more frequently in the wild. On top of that, the rare Rock/Psychic Pokemon Lunatone and Solrock have swapped regions, and their Shiny forms have likewise started appearing for the first time.
Pokemon Go’s next Community Day takes place on March 23. Not long after that, the Legendary Pokemon Giratina will make an encore appearance in Raid Battles. You’ll be able to catch it again in its Altered Forme from March 28 to April 2, after which point it’ll assume its Origin Forme—the appearance it takes in Pokemon Platinum—for the first time in Pokemon Go until April 29.